April 25, 1945, is the day Soviet and American troops met at the River Elbe, near Torgau in Germany, marking an important step toward the end of World War II in Europe. This contact between the Soviets, advancing from the East, and the Americans, advancing from the West, meant that the two powers had effectively cut Germany in two.
One of the very first meetings was the one between a patrol under Second Lieutenant William Robertson with Frank Huff, James McDonnell and Paul Staub and a Soviet patrol commanded by Lieutenant Alexander Silvashko on the destroyed Elbe bridge of Torgau.
This is the recording of a phone interview with Robertson, recorded on august 31 1989. He recounts what happened on that day and how the famous photograph of him and Silvashko was taken.